Balague: This is the mega price Leeds will actually pay for signing of the window
By Harvey Byrne
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Leeds will be able to secure the permanent signing of Alfonso Pedraza for a mega £10.3million if they win promotion.
The Yorkshire giants confirmed the signing of the young winger on Tuesday afternoon, joining on an initial loan deal from La Liga side Villarreal.
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Spanish publication Marca had reported that he had joined on a loan-to-buy deal that gives the promotion hopefuls the option to buy him permanently for £8.5million
But, Balague, who has contacts all around Spain was speaking on Tuesday afternoon’s Sky Sports show and shared that he believes the fee is £10.3million.
“It’s one of the most exciting moves of the winter,” started Balague on Sky Sports.
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“He’s not very known as a 20-year-old. He’s won the European Championships Under-19s. He mirrors himself on Cheryshev if you remember a winger who goes forward and works really hard. A really nice guy to add to this and he’s a goal scorer. If Leeds go up they will keep him for €12million.”
The club have a recent history of keeping the purse strings tight after suffering administration in 2007.
However, they could be set to spend their biggest fee on a player since they brought Robbie Fowler to the club in 2001 from Liverpool for £11million.
Pedraza spent the first half of the season on loan in the Spanish second division from Villarreal, but he was brought back in order to allow him to move to Leeds.
The player is naturally a left-winger, which is a position currently occupied by Souleymane Doukara in the Leeds team and it is expected that the Spaniard will take over the position.
The Yorkshire giants are sat in fourth place going into the final stage of the Championship campaign and they currently stand a good chance of paying the mega price to secure Pedraza’s signature in the summer.
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